Change is scary to some people, and that statement seems to particularly apply to the Chevrolet Corvette, as Corvette fans tend be very particular about even the most minute of details. For instance, when the C7 generation Corvette debuted in 2014, a loud minority was famously up in arms that the taillights were no longer circular, a design trait enjoyed by prior Corvette generations. And now, a similar situation might be brewing for the all-new C8 Corvette, which just recently debuted.
There’s a lot of things for Corvette traditionalists to complain about with regard to the C8, including the obvious move to a mid-engine layout and the lack of a manual transmission. People are even whining about the row of buttons on the center console and the exterior styling as allegedly being reminiscent to that of a Ferrari. But outside of all that, one particular trait seems to have people in a tizzy: the tailpipes.
A styling tradition that has stuck around since the advent of the C5 Corvette in 1997 is the quad-tipped center-exit exhaust. The C8, meanwhile, has reverted back to a pair of dual exit pipes, with two tips on each side of the rear end.
Taken in context, the change in exhaust treatment is probably one of the more subtle design changes of the new 2020 Corvette, but it’s one worth looking at, as a recent Instagram post from render artist The Sketch Monkey shows.
With the tailpipes spread across the width of the car, as it is now, the C8 looks wide, low, and mean. By comparison, the new center-exit configuration seems to leave the rear of the car looking a tad smaller and more condensed.
Besides the obvious design change, it’s possible that the reason the 2020 Corvette uses corner-exit exhaust is the result of functional necessity. In other words, perhaps there were constraints associated with space, cooling or aerodynamics on the mid-engine configuration that prevented a center-exit exhaust from being feasible. Or perhaps it was purely a styling decision.
Which exhaust configuration of the 2020 Corvette C8 do you prefer – the one with the tips on the corners of the rear end, or the center-exit one? Take the poll just below and share your opinion in the comments.